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People stand atop an overturned car in Keene, N.H. ,on Saturday during a night of violent parties that led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries, near the city's annual pumpkin festival. The parties around the school coincided with the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, where the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. AP photo

Students clean up after mayhem near Keene Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend yesterday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival, at which the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns …

Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby Charlottesville, Va., residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests were needed to confirm whether the remains match the 18-year-old Graham. They were discovered by …

Arbitrator’s ruling details Weare officer’s contested departure

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nearly one year ago to the day, police officers in Weare gathered to meet the man who had just been appointed to lead them out of years of disparaging lawsuits, questionable tactics and a still all-too-raw drug bust gone deadly. One officer was tardy: Frank Jones. Jones, a retired police chief and part-time officer, wasn’t scheduled to work the afternoon of that Oct. …

Trial opens for alleged Mexican drug cartel member

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Members of one of the world’s most notorious drug cartels met with undercover federal agents two years ago at Wentworth by the Sea to discuss expanding the gang’s cocaine sales into Europe and northern New England, a federal prosecutor said yesterday in Concord. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith …

18-year-old woman arrested in Concord double stabbing; more arrests possible, police say

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Concord police have arrested one of two people stabbed last week in a downtown parking garage and said they believe she and others had planned to rob the second victim, a 42-year-old man, after he paid to have sex with her. Pierce Osgood, 18, of Warren Street …

Owner of horse seized from Northfield farm sues police, rescue handlers

Monday, October 6, 2014

The owner of one of five malnourished horses seized from a Northfield farm in June has sued the town’s police department and the rescue farm now housing the animal. Harold Kelley, 58, of Laconia claims in the suit that authorities never notified him about their concerns or gave …

Ray Duckler: McCann speaks softly and carries a big stick

Sunday, October 5, 2014

‘Something’s off,” the Sports Illustrated editor told the Concord law professor. “Figure it out.” So Mike McCann did. He requested records from the University of Arkansas and pieced together a story, about sex, betrayal and corruption, that brought …

Ray Duckler: From domestic violence to murder, McCann judges the facts

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sometimes, touchdowns and jump shots are nudged aside on the sports pages, replaced by legal issues that are harder to understand. For us, Mike McCann, a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, simplified these topics, some of which he’s written about as a correspondent …

MH370 seabed search begins in 4-mile-deep Indian Ocean waters

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Investigators hunting wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are set to scan the ocean floor in waters as much as 4 miles deep in the southern Indian Ocean today amid a renewed hunt for the vanished plane. The GO Phoenix search vessel is scheduled to arrive in its …

Massachusetts resident injured in rollover accident in Sanbornton

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Massachusetts woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries after her SUV rolled over on Interstate 93 in Sanbornton yesterday afternoon, the police said. Joyse Hogan, 55, of Concord, Mass., was traveling north when the SUV apparently changed lanes, lost control, slid sideways and rolled over multiple times before resting on …

Judge’s bid to cut sex assault sentence draws ire

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A judge’s intent to reduce the prison sentence he handed down days earlier in a child sex assault case has sparked outrage by prosecutors, the police, victim advocates and the victim. Carroll County Superior Court Judge David Garfunkel sentenced Joshua Baud of Wakefield last Friday to serve 7½ …

Hassan creates new commission to oversee at-risk youth services

Friday, October 3, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan created a new commission yesterday to oversee services provided to New Hampshire’s at-risk youth, after she promised executive action on the matter this summer. Hassan vetoed a bill in July that would have revived a long-dormant state juvenile justice advisory board, that met for the …

El Chapo’s cousin pleads guilty in Concord to planning cocaine shipment

Friday, October 3, 2014

A cousin of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords faces up to 20 years in federal prison after admitting yesterday in Concord that he helped try to expand their cartel’s reach into Europe and Northern New …